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Monday, 22 October, 2018

Top US filly Dream Tree has date with Keeneland auctioneer

Phoenix Thoroughbreds to put its Grade 1 winner up for sale

Dream Tree: cover star of this year's Fasig-Tipton July Sale catalogue
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Dream Tree, an undefeated Grade 1-winning daughter of Uncle Mo, will be offered as a racing or broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency during the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Dream Tree has five wins that include last year's Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos as well as the 2018 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park and the Prioress Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. She has earned $527,500.

"We're really excited about running Dream Tree in the Breeders' Cup," said Tom Ludt, head of US operations for owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds. "She showed her class last month at Saratoga [with her win in the Prioress], coming off a layoff and just accelerating down the lane like she did.

"It is with mixed emotions that we are selling her, but Phoenix has to maintain a focused vision for the fund," Ludt said.

"We see her as an exceptional filly worth a lot to a long-term breeder, and we have to consider managing the fund, so we thought it was best to sell her this year."

Dream Tree displayed tremendous heart and athleticism on the race track, winning at distances of six furlongs to 1m½f. She won on her debut at Santa Anita and three weeks later successfully stepped up to stakes company with a victory in the Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar.

In her next three races, all Graded stakes, Dream Tree dominated top competition, stalking the pace before taking command and cruising to victory. She captured the Starlet to close her juvenile season, rating just behind the early leader until prompted, then powering away to win by a wide margin under a hand ride.

In February, Dream Tree kicked off her three-year-old campaign in the Las Virgenes, again laying just off rivals before she gained control at the quarter pole and won by nearly four lengths in a gallop.

Following a freshening, Dream Tree returned to the races in the Prioress Stakes on closing weekend at Saratoga, where she overcame a rough start to defeat Graded stakes winners by four and a quarter lengths.

The three-year-old filly bred by Mike and Pat Freeny is out of the Afleet Alex mare Afleet Maggi from the family of Grade 1 winners Golden Ticket and Well Chosen and Irish champion Tomahawk.

"Keeneland is pleased to offer Dream Tree, a beautiful filly with exceptional talent who successfully competed at the elite level," Keeneland vice president of racing and sales Bob Elliston said.

"She will be a highly prized addition to a racing stable or broodmare band."


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It is with mixed emotions that we are selling her, but Phoenix has to maintain a focused vision for the fund
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